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90th Anniversary of Mickey Mouse’s First Appearance on Steamboat Willie.

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on November 16, 2018

Via the USPTO today – Today marks the 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse’s first appearance on Steamboat Willie.

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They Invented What? (No. 73)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on November 16, 2018

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U.S. Pat. No. 4,571,201:  Toy gun convertible into robotic-humanoid form.

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What is claimed is:

1. A combination toy gun and robotic-humanoid assembly that can be reconfigured from a gun configuration to a robot configuration at the option of the user comprising:

          a handle member;
          a cylinder assembly;
          a gun barrel member attached to the cylinder assembly;
          a trigger assembly positioned adjacent the handle member and beneath the cylinder assembly, the handle member, cylinder assembly, gun barrel member and trigger assembly being connected together for simulating the configuration of a gun in a first position, and
          a robot head member movably connected to the trigger assembly, the handle member being configured to simulate the robotic legs of a humanoid robot when moved to a second position, a portion of the cylinder assembly being movable relative to the handle member and configured to simulate the…

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